Q: What is Achieving the Dream?
Achieving the Dream (ATD) is built on the belief that broad institutional change, informed by student achievement data, is critical to significantly improving student success rates.
Today, Achieving the Dream’s network includes 130 institutions in 24 states and the District of Columbia, impacting 1.6 million students. Clover Park Technical College is one of 10 colleges in Washington State to receive grant funding and join the network as part of the 2011 cohort.
Q: What exactly are we doing?
We will be tracking the progress of students as they move through classes to see where they are successful and where they are not.
This means we are using the data we have more intentionally and, in some cases, gathering new data to help us better understand what keeps students on our campus and what causes them to leave. We will focus on measurable outcomes, particularly closing achievement gaps. We will adopt new practices or expand existing successful ones that will help more students – particularly students of color and low-income students – complete courses, earn certificates and earn degrees.
How will we do it? We will:
· Use data to drive change within our college.
· Seek to augment knowledge about policies and practices that increase student success.
· Expand public support for raising post-secondary attainment levels.
The Achieving the Dream Grant will take place over the next four years
Year 1: Planning
We will be rolling out Achieving the Dream (ATD) to the college and our community stakeholders with a series of focus groups and meetings on September 22, 2011 and September 23, 2011 during Opening Day. Our assigned ATD coaches, Brenda Beckman – Core Team Coach, and Mark Figueroa – Data Team Coach, will be on campus to introduce themselves and talk about the national initiative. They will be our partners, mentors and coaches for the duration of the grant.
During the planning year, the College will identify student success and retention initiatives that are already successful, consider new ways to evaluate and measure success, and explore possible new strategies or ways to scale-up existing efforts to a broader student population.
Year 2: Implementation
In year two, we will test and measure some of the ideas and strategies identified in year one.
Year 3: Implementation
In year three, we will refine strategies based upon data driven results, put into place best practices and/or begin to scale up strategies to a broader population.
Year 4: Implementation and Evaluation
During this last year of the grant, we will evaluate our success, make future plans for institutional transformation and bring to scale across campus student success strategies that have been measured, tested and proven to make a difference in getting students to the finish line and achieving results.